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AMC Recap – April 25 – April 29th

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After Greenlee finds a folder on Madison’s computer entitled, “Daddy’s memory book”, Madison explains that it’s for Ryan since he’s the father of her baby. Madison wonders if her own daughter will have similar feelings for her as Emma does for Greenlee. Scott reminds her that unlike Emma, Madison’s daughter will have a mother around that everyone loves. JR continues his hardest to get back with Marissa. Unhappy over her friendship with Scott, JR tries to throw his cousin under the bus over his living with Madison but Marissa says she already knows. JR tries to set up a double date with himself, Marissa, Bianca, and someone he thinks Bianca will like. Knowing Ricky is over at Kendall’s, Ryan shows up, claiming that he misses Spike. Ryan isn’t happy Kendall plans to still go out with Ricky even though it’s all part of her plan to try and trip him. At Confusion, Ricky opens up to Kendall about his feelings and while she’s on edge, Kendall covers well and pretends to have feelings for him as well. Griffin shows up at Kendall’s and says he couldn’t leave.

Jake’s a bit rattled when he finds out that Cara and Tad were in bed together. When Cara hears the hospital board wants to talk to both her and Jake she decides not to let him take the blame or put the Martin brothers in any more trouble so she resigns. Amanda notices sadness in Jake when he tells Tad to take care of Cara. Amanda decides to fix things by tossing her birth control. Kendall and Griffin argue about him not leaving town as planned but Griffin says he can’t leave her alone. Kendall admits to Ryan and Greenlee that Griffin is still in town and the three meet up with Griffin at a safe location/warehouse. She reveals her plan to make Ricky fall for her in the hopes he’ll admit something. Just in the event she might need it, Griffin pulls out a tranquilizer and shows Kendall how to use it. After having a little chat with Ricky, Ryan and Greenlee realize they were married by a minister who is also a murderer. Ryan plans to look into his credentials since this time they want to get everything right with their marriage.

Seeing how upset he is over Erica’s disappearance, Krystal offers to spend some time with Jack in the hopes she can distract him. Erica tries to grab hold of the disembodied voice but is unsuccessful. When her captor serves her something to eat she recognizes it’s from Krystal’s but when she asks if the person is Krystal she gets no response. Marissa agrees to the double date for Bianca’s sake, believing her friend needs the distraction. After lunch JR’s called away on business leaving the girls to hang out. Alone for a moment with Bianca, Louise points out that maybe the date was a mistake because it’s clear she has feelings for someone else. Affected by her feelings for Marissa, Bianca decides to back out of going to the play. Upon Asher’s questioning, Caleb says nothing happened between him and Erica and he shuts down. He later apologizes to Asher for not opening up and Asher admits he wants to help his father out. Maya admits to Colby that she’s a big fan of her and her vlogs but remains vague with information about herself. Caleb wants to give Colby equipment for her vlogs which would support Corlandt Electronics but Asher isn’t so sure it’s a good idea to go over to the Chandler mansion. Caleb winds up getting into an argument with JR when he comes home and Asher gets in the middle and defends his father. He won’t remove the equipment because it’s Colby’s decision.

After misinterpreting a close moment with Jackson, Krystal is embarrassed and leaves. Krystal tries to quit working for Jackson but he tells her she’s not going anywhere. After seeing an old interview with Erica discussing her many marriages, Jackson becomes frustrated. Bianca encourages Jackson to keep an open mind since he doesn’t know the full story yet. Kendall tells Cara and Tad that Griffin has gone off to Afghanistan with renegade doctors and asked her to deliver the message. Cara’s hit with the feeling that for a moment she finally had family again but now that Griffin’s gone it’s lost. Kathy and Jenny approach Cara and tell her that she hasn’t lost her family. The outpouring of love from Tad and the girls brings a tear to her eye. Kendall fills Bianca in on all that’s going on and Bianca wants to help her nail Ricky. Griffin teaches Kendall how to defend herself and in doing so they wind up exceptionally close. The moment’s broken when Kendall gets a call from Ricky asking to see her right now. Erica succeeds in breaking through the initial door but finds herself face to face with a brick wall. She decides to hide her food and make it appear that she’s not eating. When the captor comes back he/she has a scrapbook of Erica’s life and wants to go through it together but Erica isn’t interested. Erica’s convinced the captor is Krystal but the captor claims Erica doesn’t know her at all.

Although Krystal initially thinks distance between her and Jackson is best, they work well together and she decides she’s not going to leave. Erica finally gets the captor to email her family and let them know she’s ok and briefly talks about Kendall and Bianca. Bianca approaches Jackson with the suggestion of making a video to Erica. Meanwhile, Erica looks longingly at a photo of Jack in the scrapbook. Caleb rebuffs Asher’s suggestion of recording a video for Erica, afraid that it could go viral. Asher makes the mistake of telling Caleb that he hacked into Kendall and Bianca’s email accounts and found that Erica had sent them an email. Angry at his son, Caleb goes straight to Bianca and apologizes but Bianca seems to get an idea off of what Caleb’s told her. Caleb apologizes to Asher for yelling at him and offers him a side gig. Kendall continues to play Ricky. She “confesses” that she and Zach fell out of love and it was tough for all those offering condolences for a perfect love that wasn’t really true. He acts surprised (even though he’s not thanks to Bianca planting the idea in his head earlier) and consoles her. While keeping an eye on Kendall and Ricky, Griffin almost gets caught when he steps on a twig; and Kendall distracts Ricky so Griffin can escape. Kendall lays in to Griffin for almost getting himself caught but he’s upset that she kissed Ricky despite her claim that it was all part of the act.

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General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mike’s Family Says Their Goodbyes in Emotional Episode Filled With Touching Performances

For anyone who has been watching the emotional Alzheimer’s storyline play out on General Hospital, Wednesday’s episode was a key moment in the storytelling and for the Corinthos family.  To say that the cast delivered in this episode is an understatement; everyone had their moments, and of course, chief among them, Maurice Benard (Sonny).

Mike’s (Max Gail) life is coming to an end as his body is shutting down from the disease.  Stella (Vernee Watson) comes to Mike’s room at Turning Woods and tells Sonny that Mike is waiting for permission to let go.  She explains to Sonny that Mike is torn between this world and the afterlife.   Stella helps Sonny prepare for the final moments of Mike’s life, dimming the lights, giving Sonny ice chips to put on his father’s lips, and for Sonny to put on some of Mike’s favorite music – jazz.   She also gets Mike a blanket because he is getting cold.  Then in a touching moment played to perfection by Vernee Watson, Stella says her own goodbye to Mike and hugs Sonny and tells him how grateful she was to know Mike.

Carly (Laura Wright) had been by Sonny’s side every step of the way in the final days of Mike’s life.  At one point in Mike’s room with Sonny, she has a dream where Mike tells her she is his daughter.  It was another heartbreaking moment – this time played beautifully by Laura Wright.  Earlier, Michael (Chad Duell) said goodbye to his grandfather and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) had also come to Turning Woods, as has Brando (Johnny Wactor) to be there for the end of Mike’s life and to support Sonny

Sonny tells Mike, (who can hear, but cannot truly respond as the disease continues to shut down his body), that he has made peace with what went down between them when he was a child.  He tells Mike, “I just want you to go in peace and go with love.”  Later, Sonny had a recollection seeing his father pray in the back of the church when he was a child, which sparked an idea for him.   Jason (Steve Burton) and Sonny know that Mike wants to be forgiven for his sins.

Then in the tearjerker, Father Ramos arrives to bless Mike and cleanse him from all of his sins, as Sonny, Carly, Michael and Josslyn witness it.

Afterwards, Jason realizes that Mike probably does not want to die in front of Sonny and tells Sonny to take a break, but Sonny does not want to – so Jason whispers to Mike that he should not worry that he will take care of Sonny. The two hope Mike will meet up with Morgan in heaven.

At the end of the episode, alone with his father, Sonny tells Mike not to be afraid, or to worry about him, and then remembers the night Mike walked out on him and his mother when he was a kid.  He says he knows his father always loved him … maybe too much.  We fade to black.  Maurice Benard’s work was again outstanding throughout these moments, making Sonny’s life-long pain, and love for this father, palpable.

As someone who went through this horrible disease with his mother, I can say, that GH played the beats of the story to perfection, honoring those afflicted with Alzheimer’s and the family members they leave behind.

So, what did you think of this emotional episode of GH and the performances by the cast? Comment below.

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Dancing with the Stars

DANCING WITH THE STARS: Anne Heche. Jesse Metcalfe & Chrishell Stause Make Their Ballroom Debuts; While Tyra Banks Bows As New Host

Season 29 of Dancing with the Stars got underway last night, and with the pandemic the changes were noticeable.

Judges seemed more than six feet apart at the table, gone was the Sky Box interviews, gone was the live band,  but we did get canned crowd applause and noise which was too over the top without any audience members truly in the ballroom.

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Tyra Banks made her debut as the new host replacing Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, while Derek Hough took over Len Goodman’s spot at the judges table. With all of that; soap fans were intrigued to see how three of the contestants would do in the scoring with their first dance of the competition.

Anne Heche and dance partner Keo Motsepe (Cha-Cha):  Here we go – for pizazz and going for it … and doing well, we got to give it to Anne Heche (Ex- Vicky/Marly Another World) although at times her foot work was off, she really sold this dance with her enthusiasm and spunk.  Judge Carrie Ann had high praise for Anne as a potential star on the dance floor, and the duo danced to Dua Lipa’s Don’t Start  Now, which we love. Judges’ Score: 18 out of 30

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Jesse Metcalfe and dance partner Sharna Burgess (Quickstep):  Metcalfe (Ex-Dallas, Passions, and Desperate Housewives) looked intense on the dance floor and got some critique for his posture and foot work, but the quickstep is such a hard dance to pull off in the first place.  The duo danced to Stevie Wonder’s Part Time Lover.  And of note: Sharna fangirled out meting Metcalfe whom she loved as Miquel on Passions! Judges’ Score: 18 out of 30

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Chrishell Stause and dance partner Gleb Savchenko (Tango): With mistakes that were noticeably caught by the judges, which they shared were about timing, footwork, and frame work, Chrishell (Ex-AMC, DAYS and Y&R) held it together and got through the dance in spite of it all.  She danced to Pink’s Raise Your Glass.  In a play on Stause’s Selling Sunset real estate gig and reality series, judge Bruno said Stause was “far from closing the deal” with that dance.  Judges’ Score: 13 out of 30.

At the top of the leaderboard after night one of the competition were: 18-year-old Skai Jackson with 21 points, as well as Justina Machado, then former ‘Bachlorette’ Kaitlyn Bristowe with 20, along with Catfish creator and host Nev Shulman.  At the bottom of the score board was Tiger King’s Carole Baskin with 11 points.

Watch Anne, Jesse and Chrishell’s performances below.  Then let us know, what did you think of their first dance?  Who impressed you from the entire cast? What did you think of Tyra as Dancing with the Stars new host? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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General Hospital

GH’s Lisa LoCicero Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Let’s just make this official as we tweeted about it last week when these scenes aired on Tuesday.  And let’s just say, that Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) could very well receive another Daytime Emmy nomination next year in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, if these moments are part of her reel.  LoCicero was previously nominated in 2015 in this category.

Now on to that performance that had everyone a-buzz on social media after it aired.  In the scenes, Robert (Tristan Rogers) has worked his WSB contacts to get Olivia to Geneva to secretly see her son, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), who is suffering from severe trauma and PTSD and is at this facility for treatment.  After traveling half way around the world to get there, with anticipation and wanting to hold her son and be there for him – when she arrives the doctor (Christopher Cousins) tells Dante his mother is here to see him, but Dante refuses to let that happen.

When the doctor tells Olivia that Dante will not open the door to his room to talk to his mom and come face-to-face with her, she goes into momma bear mode, releasing such heartache and anguish, just wanting to see Dante, but she is met with a steely shut door instead.  But as viewers saw, the scenes were made all the more poignant by the split screen; where Dante is on the other side of the door – heartbroken hearing his mother’s cries.  Dominic Zamprogna, who is always stellar, was also moving in these moments.

However, it was LoCicero’s ability to call up such deep rooted love and pain for her child, that any parent could relate to, which broke our hearts, rang so true, and showcased Lisa.

Later in the week, we also see how Liv was there for Robert in return  – and the two are now off on a mission of their own to find Holly (if she is indeed very much alive) which is sure to put a further wedge in her marriage to Ned (Wally Kurth).  That begs the questions, too.  How would you feel about a Robert and Olivia pairing…or would you be rooting for Olivia and Ned to work through their issues?

Through it all, it was Lisa LoCicero who grabbed our attention, brought out the hankies for all of us, and truly compelled the audience.  For all of these reasons, Michael Fairman TV names Lisa’s work The Power Performance of the Week.

So, what did you think of Lisa in these scenes with Dominic? In case you missed them, you can check them out below, then share your thoughts in the comment section.

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